Seven Groups of Friends who Changed the World

From yesterday’s TED blog, a fun piece on seven groups of writers/artists/philosophers who transformed their world–and ours.

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4 Responses to “Seven Groups of Friends who Changed the World”


  1. 1 James Webster April 14, 2013 at 12:13 am

    An amazing talk with the TED show. Was truly impressed, which is not common for me to say that. I hope to hear more of your talks in the future from such an excellent attractive speaker

  2. 3 William Perrigo April 18, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Unfortunately your TED talk ended. I was glued to my iPad screen as you unraveled a segment of time which moments before never had been of much interest. Served up like that, science takes on a whole new delightful meaning.


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Laura J. Snyder, Ph.D., is a science historian, philosopher and writer whose most recent book, The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Remarkable Friends who Transformed Science and Changed the World, was an Official Selection of the TED Book Club, a Scientific American Notable Book, and winner of the 2011 Royal Institution of Australia Poll for Favorite Science Book. It was also named an "Outstanding Academic Title" in history of science and technology by the American Library Association. Snyder is Professor of Philosophy at St. John's University in New York City and writes frequently about science and ideas for The Wall Street Journal. She is a Fulbright Scholar, a Life Member of Clare Hall College, Cambridge, and Past President of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science.

 She is currently working on a book about how new optical technologies in the 17th century revolutionized not only science, but also art and the rest of culture. Follow Laura Snyder on Twitter and Facebook.

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